12 Nights of Freedom: A Political Jazz Playlist

Alright, this summer has our attention. All this social turbulence—a kind our nation hasn’t witnessed in generations—has a long tradition behind it. Revisiting some of our nation’s most treasured protest songs can help remind us that this fight isn’t new.  This list is a soundtrack of freedom expressed through jazz—Afro-America’s great art form to the … [ Read more]

More jazzy nights coming to the Boom Room

Due to the success of their recently added Boom Room Jazz series, Boom Island Brewing Company just announced they have expanded their Boom Room Jazz nights to every Saturday at 7pm throughout the summer starting May 28. The series, which kicked off in March, originally featured free jazz concerts by local jazz musicians the last Saturday of the month, from 7-8:30pm. … [ Read more]

Boom Island is bringing the jazz to North Minneapolis

Boom Island Brewing Company announced a new taproom concert series today: Boom Room Jazz. The series is a way to support the arts and bring music to the brewery’s North Minneapolis neighborhood, the press release said. “The music will appeal to jazz aficionados as well as anyone new to the genre. There is no need to wear … [ Read more]

Vieux Carre Opens in Former Artists’ Quarter

The Dakota Jazz Club has refurbished the beloved and defunct Artists’ Quarter, reopening the space as Vieux Carré in early July. The Star Tribune reports on the renovations, the New Orleans theme, and the legacy of live jazz in St. Paul that Vieux Carré hopes to continue.

Grammy Winner Diane Reeves and Branford Marsalis to Headline Twin Cities Jazz Festival 2014

By Brian Kaufenberg Summer may be months away, but the Twin Cities Jazz Festival is giving jazz enthusiasts and winter-weary Minnesotans reason to rejoice today. The 16th Annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival, held in Lowertown St. Paul’s Mears Park, announced that Grammy Award winning vocalist Diane Reeves and NEA Jazz Master Branford Marsalis from the … [ Read more]